NORMAN — The volunteer of the week is Travis Wright, who served four years in the Marines and three years with Veterans Corner. He has proven to be a dedicated advocate for veterans and their families. His knowledge and dedication has made a difference in the lives of many Oklahoma veterans. Travis and his wife, Ronda, make their home in Lexington.
I appreciate the support many of you have given us in my efforts to become accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to help some of the 350,000 veterans in Oklahoma and their families.
If you are willing to take a few minutes to write a short note supporting my accreditation to Ken Lee, I would certainly be in your debt. The mailing address is Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of General Counsel (022d), Ken Lee, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20420.
One hundred and fourteen veterans and surviving spouses were assisted with their VA claims and questions Thursday. Of that number, eight received VA ratings of 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities.
Several of these who received this rating had developed some of the presumptive disabilities that were caused by Agent Orange. Any veteran who served in Vietnam or onboard Navy ships that have been added to the presumptive list may qualify for benefits for their disability. Questions about possible exposure to that chemical can be answered by volunteers.
Seventeen veterans filed their first claim for VA benefits. We used the new VA system of Fully Developed Claims for these men and women. Nineteen veterans received ratings from 10 to 90 percent for their disabilities that were caused by or aggravated by military service.
Shirley and her ladies assisted 14 ladies with DIC or pension benefits based on their spouse’s military service. I encourage all surviving spouses to visit with Shirley or me about the possibility of receiving VA benefits. Shirley can be reached at 361-9322.